Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

The writer Sara Marcus will visit UMD on Tuesday, October 11 and give a public talk at 7 PM.  Marcus is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (Harper Perennial, 2010).

This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies, and the LGBT Studies Program.  The location is currently TBA, but check back soon for an update.


From the book’s website (

“Girls to the Front, the first-ever history of Riot Grrrl, is a lyrical, punk-infused narrative about a group of extraordinary young women coming of age angrily, collectively, and publicly.  A dynamic chronicle not just of a movement but of an era, this is the story of a time when America thought young people were apathetic and feminism was dead, but a generation of noisy girls rose up to prove everybody wrong.”


Selected reviews:

“[Marcus] describes Riot Grrrls’ raw, emo agit-pop with a poetic fervor that matches its subject…. In prose that’s more literary than journalistic, the author resuscitates the giddy courage of ‘Revolution Girl Style’ at its best…. Girls to the Front is the well-documented history Riot Grrrl deserves.”

– Los Angeles Times

“Stirring…. Eloquent…. Like Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain did in Please Kill Me… Sara Marcus’s Girls to the Front tells the story of Riot Grrrl, one person at a time.”

– Bitch magazine

“Compelling…. A brash, gutsy chronicle of the empowering music and feminist movement of the early 1990s…. Marcus enthusiastically tracks the ‘scattered cartographies of rebellion’ and captures the combustible excitement of this significant if short-lived moment.”

– Publishers Weekly


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